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Senate set to approve new Bergen prosecutor

East Rutherford mayor added to Judiciary Committee agenda today

By David Wildstein, May 13 2019 11:30 am

The New Jersey Senate is expected to confirm Mark Musella as the new Bergen County prosecutor.

The deal between Gov. Phil Murphy and Bergen County Senators includes four Superior Court Judges and nominees for the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission and the North Jersey District Water Commission.  

The package of Bergen nominees was first reported by the New Jersey Globe.

Nina Remson, Jaclyn Medina, Peter Geiger and Michael Beukas are expected to become Superior Court Judges.  A fifth Bergen County judge, Michael Antoniewicz, was confirmed by the Senate in September.

Also included in the agreement is Murphy’s nomination of Fair Law councilman John Cosgrove for a seat on the sewerage commission and East Rutherford Mayor James Cassella to the water commission.

Cassella was added to the Judiciary Committee agenda this morning.  

The nomination of Musella is a huge win for Sarlo, who recommended the 56-year-old Wood-Ridge attorney for the post.

Musella was an assistant Bergen County prosecutor from 1988 to 1996 and has worked as a municipal public defender for ten Bergen County municipalities.

Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg reportedly played a key role in securing judgeships for Remson, who is openly gay, and Medina, a former public defender and leader of the New Jersey Hispanic Bar Association.

Geiger is the Closter municipal court judge and was recommended for the post by State Sen. Gerald Cardinale (R-Demarest).

The Bergen County prosecutor post has been vacant since Gurbir Grewal resigned thirteen months ago to become state Attorney General.  Once confirmed, Musella would replace acting prosecutor Dennis Calo.

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